Sausage and Pepper Quesadillas

Sausage and Pepper Quesadillas are filled with caramelized onions, cheese and tons of sausage! There’s nothing better for dinner or appetizers than quesadillas!


Sausage and Peppers Quesadilla Recipe

Quesadillas are always a huge hit for dinner or appetizers at a party. You can pretty much get anything you’ve got in your fridge tucked inside a couple tortillas and load on some cheese and you’re all good.

We have our favorites for sure – like Chicken Enchilada Quesadillas or Korean Beef Quesadillas, or our recipe for Thanksgiving Quesadillas that’s always popular this time of year.

But I’ve got to tell you, these Sausage and Pepper Quesadillas are way up on the list – if you’re a fan of sausage and pepper sandwiches then you’ve got to try these out!

The key to this sausage and pepper filling is the marsala wine. Whenever we make sausage and peppers at home we add in lots of marsala. Not the cooking kind that you can buy at the grocery store, but good marsala wine – sweet or dry – it depends on what you like.

But seriously, it only costs about 8 bucks for a bottle at the liquor store. It’s definitely worth it…and you know you’re there anyway so…

How To Make Sausage and Peppers Quesadillas

Brown up a pound of sausage in a skillet, then take the sausage out of the pan but leave the fat – we’re going to cook up the peppers and onions in that.

Get the peppers and onions in the same skillet and let them cook down for a good 10 minutes or so until they’re nice and soft. Then it’s time to pour in that marsala wine.

Add that to the bowl with the sausage and mix it all together. That’s your sausage and pepper filling – try to stop eating it right from the skillet. Really. Try not to because it’s going to make the best quesadillas ever…


Using the same skillet, place in one flour tortilla over medium heat. Pile on the sausage and pepper filling and tons of cheese, then place another tortilla on top.


Press down with a dinner plate and let it brown for 3-4 minutes on that side…then carefully flip over to the other side and let brown another few minutes until nice and crispy.

Remove the quesadilla to a cutting board and repeat. You’ll get about 5 large quesadillas with this recipe. So either you’re going to serve 5 really hungry people for dinner or about 6-8 normal people.

For appetizers cut into 6 pieces instead of four, the Sausage and Pepper Quesadillas will feed a crowd!


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Sausage and Pepper Quesadillas stacked on a plate

Sausage and Pepper Quesadillas

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

These cheesy Sausage and Peppers Quesadillas are a tasty party appetizer! We also love making these quesadillas for an easy weeknight dinner.



  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 4 bell peppers, chopped, any color
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • (10) 10″ flour tortillas
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup marsala wine


  1. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and brown the sausage until cooked though.
  2. Remove the sausage to a bowl and return the skillet to the stove, leaving any fat that has accumulated in the pan.
  3. Add the onions, peppers, garlic powder and oregano to the pan and cook for 10 minutes until the onions and peppers are very soft.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the marsala wine and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add the peppers and onion mixture to the bowl with the sausage and mix to combine.
  6. In the same skillet, add one flour tortilla over medium heat and layer on one cup of the sausage filling topped with a cup of cheese. Top with another tortilla and press down with a plate.
  7. Cook for 3-4 minutes until brown and then flip the quesadilla over to the other side for another 3-4 minutes.
  8. Remove to a cutting board and repeat with the remaining quesadillas.
  9. Cut into 4 or 6 pieces to serve.
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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2 Responses
  1. Lynne

    I made these and they were awesome! After I made the first one, I was a little unsure as to whether it had enough filling in it so I put more in the 2nd one. That was a mistake. The 1 cup of filling and 1 cup of cheese is perfect! I made the remaining as the recipe stated.

    This was my first time making quesadillas so I was nervous about how they’d turn out. So glad I used this recipe as my first attempt. So easy and absolutely delicious. My husband wants them put on the regular rotation.

    I served them with some salsa and sour cream on the side, but not necessary. They were great as is. Thanks so much for a really great recipe.

    1. Dan

      I totally see where you’re coming from – sometimes for pictures bloggers overstuff things, but when I did that they totally fell apart so I tried to keep the photo true to the recipe! Thanks for letting me know Lynne!

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